JaCo School District 9 approves proposal for new charter school

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Wed, May 28 2014 at 10:25 PM, Updated: Wed, May 28 2014 at 11:13 PM

Eagle Point, Ore.--   Jackson County School District 9 parent, Robert Miller voiced his support for a new charter school in Eagle Point Wednesday night.

"I'm excited about the aspect of a charter school and really excited about what that can do for out kids."

Board members with Jackson County School District 9 voted yes to move forward with plans for Crater Lake Charter Academy.

"Some students need more some students need less so it's really an individualized plan put together for every student regardless whether they're in kindergarten or 11-12th grade," said Human Resources Director, Allen Barber.

Barber said it would open up enrollment. He said right now 300 students from his district are going to other charter schools in the area.

"Residents from Medford, Ashland, throughout the state can enroll."

Barber said the school would be split into two. Grades kindergarten through five would be on site and at a new location.

"Up to 20 students per class and those students will meet five days per week like a traditional school."

And grades 6 - 12 would work like a system they already have, 'D-9 Online' where students can take online courses and spend less time in the classroom.

"There is a mandatory amount of time that they have to spend face to face with a highly qualified teacher here. But it also allows home school students and maybe people that live far away from school to be at home doing their work online."

Barber said it's time for Eagle Point to have another option for the district and for it's students. 

"I think the best part is our district is ready for this we have the facilities and we have the right vision."

The school would be open to around 200 students depending on interest. Barber said the next step is to finalize the contract and have it signed by the district in August.

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